Mouse Tales

Garfinkel’s breaching experiments are designed to test the reactions of other people to oneself. Garfinkel comes out of the tradition of Ethnomethodology, which studies the understanding of how people understand their social world. Examples of breaching experiments in the modern world (besides ours) are flash mobs or people standing backwards in an elevator. If someone intentionally breaks a social norm for the sake of research, it is considered a breaching experiment. Garfinkel thought that we can break the rules in order to learn the rules.

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